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Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break |Denmark (sorta) I ‘ve been on a low-carb diet for the past few weeks. I was trying to get back my pre-Holidays waistline which had expanded with all of the Holiday Cheer. In order to reach my goal I’ve limited my beer and wine consumption to Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. I’ve been a good boy and for my Wednesday night “snack” I opened a pint of Imperial Doughnut Break that I bought with a 20% discount at Wine World’s closing sale. I had two goals tonight: see if I really like this brew (originally $8.75 per pint can) and go buy more if they have some left–now at 30%; and actually write a beer review, something I’ve been remiss in doing lately. I hope they have some left. I would like to save a can or two to enjoy with Beer Brothers Mark and Brett.…

Victory Summer Love Ale |Downingtown, Pennsylvania I It was 96 damn degrees on Saturday and 98 damn degrees on Sunday. It’s not supposed to get this hot in May. I have been rebuilding our back deck for Mrs. Dan’s birthday (which was a month ago–I got a bit behind). I sawed and cussed and skinned my legs and cussed some more over the poor quality “premium” lumber I bougtht from Lowes. I was hot and sweaty and wishing I had spent some quality time spraying on suntan lotion. After losing about 5 lbs from sweating (literally) and finishing the last board I could barely make it to the back door. As I sat there in a daze, next to the little fridge in the garage, I couldn’t help myself and pulled out a bottle of Victory Summer Love. Right then and there it was the best beer I’ve ever had.…

Jekyll Brewing Redneck Christmas Stout | Alpharetta, GA | B eer Brother Brett gave me a can of this back before Christmas at one of the burn pots. It, along with some other Winter brews, need to be consumed now that Spring is about to spring. I exhausted myself collecting a ton of leaves and doing our neighborhood’s pre-Masters ritual: dodging the pinestraw vendors criss-crossing the neighborhood selling lots of pine straw that looks pretty good but in reality full of trash. I broke down and bought a couple bales and spread them out around the azeleas at the bottom of the driveway. After collecting 10 bags of leaves I was ready for a beer. Mrs. Dan has spent the afternoon getting rid of the pine pollen from the back porch. She wanted a beer as well. I offer her a Jekyll RedNeck Christmas Stout and a Sam Adams Harvest…

Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky and Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Virginia Distillery Company| Lovingston, VA I ‘ve lived in Augusta for almost 30 years now and enjoy living here. But I yearn to go back and explore Virginia again, the way I did as a news photographer for the Roanoke Times. The people, the scenic beauty, the history and now the spirits. This past Memorial Day Weekend our family took a ride on the J-611 steam train in Roanoke then spent a day traveling to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford and to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. On that day excursion I saw a flyer for the new Virginia Distillery that was opening in Lovingston, Virginia. I still have it on my desk. Lovingston brings backs memories. I remember traveling up US 29 with my camera and a reporter to a little winery near Lovingston that was started up by…

[Editor’s Note: For the past 8 years Dan and Mrs. Dan have had a Thanksgiving Thrown Down where they compete to see who makes the best dish. It started with turkeys but with only 3 people 2 turkeys was a bit much in the leftovers department. It was changed last year to be a side dish competition. This year the In-Laws joined the competition.] Les Andes Crémant de Loire | Loire, France and Fess Parker The Big Easy T hanksgiving morning started with a meeting of the Rules Committee. That is actually a committee of one and that’s Mrs. Dan. She had charted the oven/stove time for each contender so that everyone could produce the competing dish in time to hit the table and still be hot. The key here was working around the time oven #1 has the turkey. Mrs. Dan’s entry was a Mushroom Pancetta Risotto.…

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest |Chico, California/ Mills River, NC I ‘m getting ready for Turkey Day. I had to move a bunch of brews out of the little fridge to make room for the 17-pound bird we got. The turkey this year is not part of the Thanksgiving Throw Down. Only side dishes are allowed to be entered in the competition. I realized I still had some Oktoberfest brews in there and decided to have one while I researched for this year’s winning recipe. For once I might finish my fest brews before the Super Bowl hits. I’m also pretending to be working while the Mrs. Dan-in-laws are downstairs clearing a spot for the Christmas tree. I picked out the Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest. I’m surprised. I like this one. I drink Sierra Nevada once in a blue moon. That’s because it is so West Coast bitter that I have to be…

Hans Michel Gewurztraminer NV|Alsace, France E ach year I try and find something different to have with our Thanksgiving meal. In the past I’ve been selfish and bought something only I would drink like Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Etre. One bottle is not enough to share. Not very friendly. (Still be a possibility with the leftover turkey this year). This year we have the Mrs. Dan-in-Laws coming. I better have enough to share. We are also planning our annual Turkey Day Throw Down where me and Mrs. Dan compete to see who makes the best turkey or side dish. Last year we did side dishes and even Mr. Ben competed with Atomic Mac ‘n Cheese. I just realized I never posted the winner (that would be me) from last year or the wine review. I’ll have to polish it off and post it. I digress. We might include the Mrs. Dan-in-Laws…

Cline Zinfandel 2014|California I was in the mood for a good value wine. It was over my $10 limit but I thought the extra $1.59 was worth it. I found the Cline Zinfandel on sale at Publix while putzing around looking for something to cook for dinner. I also found some pork loins on sale but can’t remember how much I saved there. The pork loin survived my cooking skills. It went nicely with this Zinfandel. Intense fruit up front. Nice tannins. Nice spicy tones to it. I would swear it has some oak in it but I don’t think it would at $11.59. I checked the website and it doesn’t mention it spending any time in oak. But I did save some money. It costs $14 if shipped from the vineyard. A bit spicy especially after having something a bit salty. I frequently hear the phrase “that Pinot drinks…

W e stopped by the Hive at five and the place was already filling up. This was a Mega Takeover. Forty of their 72 taps were dedicated to Wicked Weed, an Asheville brewery that has been creating some great sour and barrel-aged ales. Unfortunately they couldn’t bring any of the bacon/brown sugar braised brussels sprouts their downtown Asheville restaurant is famous for but then again that’s just me. (If you are in Asheville you got stop by and try them). Where: The Hive, 215 Tenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901. I’ve never been a big fan of sours. But every now and then I find one that I like but someone has to point me to them. So I asked Wicked Weed sales reps Samer Sabbagh and Andy Bibliowicz to curate my flight of 4. Andy provided me with four he knew I would like. He also curated Mrs. Dan’s flight…

D9 Brown Sugar Brown Cow |Lake Norman, NC I had been updating the church website while waiting for the Wednesday night dinner to start when Mrs. Dan suggested we take a break and head around the corner to The Hive on 10th Street. Excellent idea. Since we had to head back to church I only had a sniffer of one brew. I picked the Brown Sugar Brown Cow. I wanted something dark and malty and that seemed to be the best on the 74 taps. (Actually I had too many to choose from). Nice thin light brown head. Has some nice vanilla flavors, smooth mouthfeel. Sweet on first sip then I could taste a hint of sour funk. On second and third sip the funk was gone. As it warms it gets smoother. This is a nice little brew. I had no clue as to who or where Brown Sugar…

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